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Director of Operational Security Asia Pacific and New Initiatives
Asia-Pacific Head of Operational Security At NDS Unit
News Datacom Research
An email exchange between NDS executives Avigail Gutman and Ray Adams describing contact between the News Corp subsidiary's operations and Australian hacker David Cottle.
In a January 1, 2000 email, NDS Asia Pacific head of security Avigail Gutman wrote to NDS's European head of Operational Security, Ray Adams: "Cottle is still of interest. Ms Gutman wrote to Mr Adams on March 1, 2000: "Bond [Cottle], in OZ, is still struggling, but is almost there, with reprogramming the european DSPC cards (not that this is too attractive, since they can easily fully enable the originals ... but they are running short on stock, so are looking for alternatives ...) He asked george whether there are any available cheaply in europe. That was done primarily as Avigail feared that MM was about to become a threat to NDS products in Australia. "We now have proof of an existing, marketable hack for Irdeto in Australia ... we do not want to expose JOYCE in the process of exposing Irdeto," Ms Gutman wrote to Mr Adams on April 30, 1999. We do not want Cottle in jail until he has a successor for the Irdeto hack," Ms Gutman wrote to Mr Adams on October 20. So - phone numbers are ..." Ms Gutman wrote to Mr Adams on August 24, 2000, providing a list of four phone numbers, including a home phone number.
NDS's Asia-Pacific security chief, Avigail Gutman, emailed Adams that "it may even be to our benefit if these came out on the market first - taking the heat off Joyce and also taking away from Tooley's unique standing".
However, hours later, Gutman emailed Adams: "A release from Europe sounds good. Here's the software." The Financial Review has found no evidence in the emails that NDS ever provided such products to Irdeto. In context, it appears Gutman intended the pirate software to be released on the internet. In fact, a version of the Millenium Group's Irdeto hack for Australia was already posted on The House of Ill Compute, and NDS hacker Andy Coulthurst explained to Gutman how the codes on the NDS pirate website worked. However, a month later, Gutman and Adams were discussing how to engineer Deubel's release on the grounds that it would further piracy of yet another system, Seca, used by Canal Plus. Gutman had identified a Sydney hacker, David Cottle, as the best prospect to succeed Deubel in developing a hack for Irdeto in Australia. Gutman protected Cottle, dissuading Irdeto from prosecuting him: "The objective of any current action would be to eliminate Cottle as a threat to any NDS systems but without disturbing his other hacking activities (as much as possible) .?.?.
Australian hacker David Cottle was supplied by Avigail Gutman with blank smartcards to aid his piracy of Austar and Foxtel.
The Operational Security chief in Asia, Avigail Gutman, was closely monitoring Cottle, supplying him with blank smartcards to aid his piracy of Austar and Foxtel while dissuading rival Irdeto security from moving against him.
Covert operations in Australia were directed by the head of Operational Security for Asia Pacific, Avigail Gutman.
"Cottle is the pirate in OZ," wrote Avigail Gutman, the Asia-Pacific head of Operational Security at News Corp's NDS unit.
Adams asked Gutman in January 2000. Gutman, who juggled a semi-public role as the wife of the Israeli consul in Taiwan with her job at NDS, told Adams this was illegal. Gutman supplied Cottle's address in Sydney. "I am not so much interested in Bond [Cottle's online name] as such - but I want to make sure our guys down there aren't at risk of being told about to Irdeto." Gutman had several Australian informants who were in contact with Cottle, whom she feared could be exposed. Subsequent emails between Gutman and Adams on this subject were encrypted. Cottle moderated a closed site on Thoic called Area 51, which could be accessed only by 16 of Australia's top hackers - and, unbeknown to them, Lee Gibling, Gutman, Adams and a string of Operational Security personnel. In an email in October 1999 Gutman wrote; "Cottle is the pirate in OZ. After the arrest of another hacker, Rolf Deubel, in Thailand in September 1999, Gutman wrote: "Cottle is the new king."